Amazing, flower and bee don’t you think? I took this picture last July on a walk through the Annex neighbourhood in Toronto. This front yard garden was filled with the yellow thistle-like plant, Centaurea macrocephala and covered in flittering, shiny green bees — they were completely intoxicated by the flowers! I stood watching them in awe for several minutes.
Back at home I did some research and it turns out that the green bees are members of The Family Halictidae of which there are more than 2000 species. I haven’t got a clue which one this is.
This situation with the flowers and bees illustrates one of the things I love about gardening. In general, my love of gardening has lead me to be more observant of the gardens and plants I pass by in my day-to-day world. And this has lead me to an expanding interest in critters that live in the garden, like this bee. I had never noticed green bees before and probably never would have if not for my interest in the plants. Discovering them via the flowers motivated me to find out what they were and learn more beyond pretty, green bee.
Gardening makes me smarter. I is learning stuff.